BOISE -- There were two people in the stands that were especially ecstatic about Grant Hedrick's performance last week. As they have done for almost every single Saturday football game since Grant enrolled at Boise State, the quarterback's parents, Shane and Gail Hedrick where in attendance.
The Hedrick family is from Independence, Oregon -- a town of approximately 9,000 people that rests on the west bank of the Willamette River.
While his mother will be in the stands once again as the Broncos face BYU, his father won't be. You see Shane is the head coach of the Central High School football team, a place Grant posted a 32-4 record as a starter from 2007-to-2009.
Friday night, the 2013 Panthers will play their final regular season game over on the Oregon Coast against Newport High School. On Wednesday, Shane told me it will be tough not watching Grant start the first collegiate football game of his career, but coach Hedrick added, he made a committed to 80 football players at Central High.
Shane continued to reminisce about the past. He said the most memorable moment for *him* so far is watch Grant play as a red shirt freshman against the University of Georgia. He joked about his son - who barely weight 185-pounds soaking wet at the time - potentially colliding with one of Georgia's 350-pound defensive tackles.
Grant has had an interest in football ever since he could motion towards the field. Shane - who has coaches since 1985 - told me his son started walking when he was 9 months old and that he remembers Grant toddling over to watch practice.